HMS Bulwark

HMS Bulwark

HMS Bulwark (L15) is able to flex her amphibious muscle to respond quickly to any crisis and world events.

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Following HMS Bulwark’s hugely successful contribution to the Gallipoli Centenary Commemorations in Turkey in April the ship was directed by the Prime Minister to contribute to the developing humanitarian mission in the Mediterranean.

Codenamed Operation Weald, working in concert with the Italian Navy and 3 Merlin helicopters from 814 Squadron, HMS Bulwark successfully rescued over 4000 people from their dangerously overcrowded boats in the waters between Libya and Southern Europe

HMS Bulwark has set sail for Cougar 15.  

The deployment comprises a series of demanding exercises designed to ensure that NATO allies are ready to deal with any emerging crisis, from any direction, and that they are able to work effectively with partners in tackling any crisis. The exercises will reach a climax with Trident Juncture.

Exercise Trident Juncture 2015 will be held through October and November, mainly in, over and on the seas around Portugal, Spain and Italy.  Trident Juncture provides the ideal chance to train with and work alongside navies from NATO allies and partner nations in the region.


HMS Bulwark launches into 2016

HMS Bulwark launches into 2016

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Current operation Alongside in Devonport

Currently alongside in her home port of Devonport Naval Base.

Location Plymouth


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Unit History

The First Bulwark1777

The current assault ship is the seventh RN warship to bear the name in a history that stretches back to 1777 but despite her naming, the keel was never laid and she was later cancelled.

The Second Bulwark1807

The second Bulwark made it through build and was launched in April 1807, and served for almost two decades, seeing service in the American War of 1814-15. She was broken up in 1825.

The Third Bulwark1859

The next Bulwark suffered a similar fate to the first – laid down in 1859, her build was put on hold, and she lay dry until being dismantled in 1872.

The Fourth Bulwark1860

The fourth, a wooden first-rate 121-gun battleship, made it to launch in 1860, notched up her steam trials in 1861, but was never completed for sea.

The Fifth Bulwark1899

The fifth, a 15,000-ton twin-screw battleship, was launched at Devonport in 1899, and claims the Antarctic explorer Capt Robert Falcon Scott as one of her commanding officers.

Explosion1914

She also suffered an ill-fated end off Sheerness in November 1914 – while loading on ammunition an internal explosion tore the heart of the ship apart, killing all but 12 of the 750 ship’s company.

The Sixth Bulwark1948

The 22,000-ton light fleet carrier, launched in June 1948, was the last holder of the name. She saw service in the Suez Crisis before being modified to a pure helicopter commando carrier in 1959.

The Rusty B1976

She retired in 1976 , but returned in 1979 as an anti-submarine warfare carrier – living up to her nickname 'The Rusty B', drawn from her motto 'Under thy wings I will (t)rust'.

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Commanding Officer James Parkin

Rank: Captain

Captain James Parkin joined the Royal Navy in April 1999. He assumed Command of HMS Bulwark in December 2015.

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HMS Bulwark can carry 256 troops, with their vehicles and combat supplies.

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